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Does anyone have a definite answer to disabling the page file?

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Many articles say to never disable the Windows page file, even if you have ridiculous amounts of RAM. Other people say to disable the page file completely provided you have enough (8GB+).

So does anyone have some definitive proof that the page file isn't used when you have a lot of RAM?

Alternatively, if anyone has disabled their page file without any adverse effects, please post here!
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I haven`t disabled it. I left ~800MB (or something like that - I`m @work so can`t check). Ionly left this ~800MB because Windows was complaining that it couldn`t store the content of the RAM in case of a crash. I really don`t mind if it is able to store it or not but i don`t like complaining OSs.
I never saw that more RAM is used after i lowered the size of the pagefile.
I will have to do some tests without any pagefile. But even with very heavy After Effects rendering there were 2-3GB left. So there wasn`t even a need to swap something.
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post #3 of 20
My ram and everything goes haywire when i disable Pagefile.
post #4 of 20
I don't have a pagefile and never had a problem, either with OS on my SSD's or HDD's, whatever ram Ive had installed, 4,8 or 16gB
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Why would you want to disable it?
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Because copy/read things to/from the pagefile takes more time than using only the RAM.
And if you have enough RAM there should be no need to move things to the HDD.
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post #7 of 20
General conclusion is the leave the page file but modify the size. So make it like 200 megs as the initial size. I used to disable it but found that programs do use it. If you dont have a page file the programs dont send the data directly to the ram, they just arent made that way. Eg. I have a stock trading program (thats what I do btw) and it will slow down with no page file, all the stock data is stored to the disk when a chart isnt up, no page file and you have to redownload all the data each time. So since you dont know what programs will/ will not use it, make it small. Mine is Initial size 1400MB Max 2500MB.

BTW, the program I use runs 1.4Gb in the ram and stores 1.2 to 1.8Gb of data. If you dont use big programs you may never have a problem.
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post #8 of 20
If you have a large amount of ram, the page file will probably never be used. The problem is, certain programs balk at not having a page file. Windows being one of them, dependant on the services that are enabled. This is why some can disable the page file, and some can't without complaint. other programs just won't load without an active page file.

Rather than turn off the page file completely, set it to a fixed size. (minimum and maximum value the same). The idea behind this is that it is there for anything that wants to balk at no page file, but windows does not have to manage it, which is the reason you would turn it off in the first place.
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post #9 of 20
I leave mine at 8GB
But then, I also only use this 80GB Intel for my OS and programs. (about 50% capacity used).
And all my games and storage goes on other drives!
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post #10 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by xandypx View Post
and some can't without complaint. other programs just won't load without an active page file.
Nearly this.
I never saw a program that doesn`t load but some will be slowed down
because they want to put stuff in the pagefile and get sad if windows has only RAM to offer.
And i think everyone will agree that we want our programs to be happy !
Edited by Mr.Eiht - 7/2/11 at 7:08am
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